There was the millet with its drooping heads ; / There was the sacrificial millet into blade. / Slowly I moved [...] Cf. Shijing 65
Yen Ch'iû said, "It is not that I do not delight in your doctrines, but my strength is insufficient." The Master said, [...] Cf. Lunyu 132
Ta Chuang / The Power of the Great / Thunder in heaven above: The image of THE POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 34
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
I face, high over this enchanted lodge, the Court of the Five Cities of Heaven, / And I see a countryside blue and [...] Cf. Tangshi 200
Hence the saying: One may KNOW how to conquer without being able to DO it. [...] Cf. Sunzi 44
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